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Michael C.

Michael C.wrote a review of on August 1, 2018

Supreme baselayer
5 5

Fit: True to size
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 187 lbs
Size Purchased: x-Large

I have a drawer full of the Super Lightweight polypropolene knit baselayers from Giordana, but they tend to absorb a lot of sweat and over time lose their bright white appearance. I purchased this Ceramic woven version to try out and wore it today on a Cat 2 climb in 81 degree weather. It is very impressive. It wicks and evaporates moisture much better than my others, and stayed almost completely dry to the touch during the entire ride and in the car on the way home. The rest of my body was dripping with sweat as usual, but my core was comfortable. It is very soft and has the pile that would suggest cool weather only, but it worked perfectly in 80 degree temps. Only downside is you cannot dry it in a dryer. It has to hang. So the only solution is to purchase another one (which I just did), so I can rotate them. Highly recommended!

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Michael C.wrote a review of on May 9, 2017

5 5

Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 180 lbs
Size Purchased: XXL

Ok. I have 11 pairs of FRC bibs. I love the Cirro Omni Form Chamois, and I have believed it to be the best chamois ever made. I am such a Giordana fan that I have my own account manager here at CC .....Hi Corey!". When Giordana announced that they were going to be producing the FR-C Pro back in Sept/October to have another level of bib that was to be used by Orica/Scott and Astana Pro Team, I was pretty nervous. They were completely re-designing the chamois and were going to call it Cirro-S. It looked absolutely nothing like the COF that I absolutely love. I just finished climbing Mt. Hamilton in Northern California. It is a 22 mile climb with 5500 feet of gain. It has been used in the Tour of California several times, and I use this ride as my barometer of how a bib works. The Cirro-S chamois is a complete game changer for me. Keep in mind that CC's description of this bib lists it as having the Cirro Omni Form. These have the Cirro-S and CC should change the description.........anyhoo....."I tend to ramble". I had some communication with Giordana through GITA, and Instagram voicing my concerns about the top level chamois change. They insisted that it is better in every way, and they were right. It is shaped completely differently from COF and on the surface appears almost completely smooth. No contours or relief channels at all. Frankly it looks very, very, cheap. Like a counterfeit bib from ebay. After riding it today, I cannot even imagine going back to the regular FRC and this is a problem because I have a lot of them and love them. The chamois totally disappears under you. I mean totally. For real. Real talk. Truth. It is split in half somehow right in the middle, and the two halves of the pad move independently of one another. Similar to Assos' "Golden Gate" and the new top end Shimano Sphyre pads. It works remarkably well, and actually made my entire lower body feel fresher, with much less fatigue . It is really top drawer. The best IMO and I have ridden them all.......my reviews are here to find. Assos, Top end Cytech pads found in Rapha, and Capo. Sportful's Total Comfort Pro. Castelli Kiss, etc, and of course the Cirro Omni Form. While I will continue to love the FR-C, The FR-C Pro is by far my favorite piece of Italian made kit. The rest of the bib is of course perfect. The anti-abrasion seat and inner leg area, the same leg bands as the regular FR-C, great compression, luxurious fabrics, great loud, Italian style, and I would imagine, incredible durability as is the case with all FR-C stuff. Thank you so much for reading this ridiculously long review, but I really try to help other roadies out by giving detailed reviews on good product. For reference, I am 6'1" 180, and the XXL is always perfect. Runs very small so I would say size up 2 levels, not one.

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Michael C.

Michael C.wrote a review of on September 14, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Size Purchased: 2XL

Start with I own five pairs of FRC bibs. That said, the Exo bibs are very different, but perform very well. Make no mistake.........the multi-panel, multi-fabric concoction offers a LOT of compression. While my FRC's are tight, and form fitting, they feel like basketball shorts compared to these things. The compression is noticeable, and helpful when riding with tired or sore legs. They also have the Cirro Omni Form chamois which is by far my favorite. They do run a bit longer than the FRC's so keep an eye on your tan line. I think the increased length aids in the compression/aero thing. These bibs are tighter than you might be used to, but feel really good when in in the cycling position. For fit reference, I am 6'1" and weigh 185 or so. Big-ish legs with a 36 inch waist. Like all Giordana bibs, I wear a 2XL, so size up for sure.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on September 6, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Excellent value with this bag, and I have owned plenty. The rail straps and seat post loop are super sturdy and affix very tightly. No movement at all. No slack develops even after months of rides. Still as tight and secure as when initially installed. The mini, with some creative packing will hold one tightly wound road tube, one cartridge, one cartridge valve. tire lever, and small multi-tool. Great bag at a really good price.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on September 6, 2016

3 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Beta-Alanine does work, and is the ingredient in Optygen that provides the results. As Byron noted you can buy a virtual lifetime supply of pure Beta-Alanine powder from suppliers like Hard Rhino for 15 dollars. I have almost a pound of this stuff........two re-sealable bags for 15 bucks from Amazon. A 500mg dose is 1/8th of a teaspoon. These bags will last a lifetime. The only upside to Optygen is it is in capsule form, so you can take your dose fifteen minutes prior to riding and immediately after riding. With mine, i have to mix the powder with water at home and take there, before and after. I believe you can also buy capsule "kits" and make your own pills though, as well. I love CC and don't want to take away business, but consumers interested in this product should be aware that you can get pure, vast quantities of various supplements in bulk form, for really low cost. Just research what ingredients you need from your favorite supplements.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on August 2, 2016

1 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

While bike was on roof rack of car, air got between saddle and bag. Caused the velcro strap to fail, and my bag went flying off the bike on to the freeway. Watched it disappear in my mirror. Was not possible to stop and retrieve, so I lost a fairly expensive Crank Bros Multi tool, and Arrundel C02 valve. Be careful! Take bag off bike if transporting on rack at highway speeds.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on July 25, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: xxl

All Italian made. Not Albania, or Yugoslavia or some other place that other brands will sneak in.......Assos, Capo, etc. These bibs are expensive but definitely worth it. Paying full price is still a great deal, but when they go on sale it is like a Festivus miracle. I have six pairs of these bibs in various iterations.........Trade....Forte, three pair both colors, Trade....Solid black, Regular FRC that are 50 bucks more, and a limited edition FRC bib that Bicycling magazine put out this year. Straps are perfect. The amestia fabric used around your waist and stomach is fantastic and really holds everything in. The Zaffiro anti abrasion material in the crotch and inside thighs is very durable, comfortable, and totally abrasion resistant. The leg compression is strong but perfect, and the Cirro omni-form chamois is the best I have ever used, and try my hardest to wear no other. I work at an Assos dealer, and I think the COF is much much better. the edge transition is much smoother, and Assos hasn't got the whole Golden Gate thing right yet. No fade, No loose threads, nothing. Durability over more than two hard seasons might be a stretch, but I'm ok with that. Pick these up at any cost. You won't be disappointed.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on January 2, 2016

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Size Purchased: double x

Keeps the wind out, and the water off. The rear zipper is far more durable than I thought it would be. So far, so good. Takes some technique to get on quickly, but not overly difficult. Interior does not bleed black on to shoes. Use with Gaerne Stilos size 46 double x fits perfect.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on December 30, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: Runs small
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 185 lbs
Size Purchased: double x

The materials and workmanship here are absolutely stunning. Feels like there is nothing on you at all. If you are familiar with the FRC bibs, the leg cuff material used is used on this jersey at the sleeve cuffs and the waist. No seams or stitching, just laser cut. These are very very thin jerseys and very form fitting, so keep that in mind, but I am not sure you can find a more technical or well made jersey. Assos can not even begin to compare with this garment. Different league all together. Does run very small for small Italian guys. I sized up two sizes and fits perfectly. Not a fold, not a bunch, not a droop anywhere. Also, pockets are re-enforced somehow and stay high and tight no matter how much stuff is loaded.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on March 3, 2015

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Awesome bibs! CC.......please do not stop re-stocking Sportful! I see your quantities get lower and lower over the last season.

I own five pairs of Sportful bibs.......... Gruppetto, Body Fit Pro, 2 pairs of Total Comfort, and now these R&D Bibs. They took the best of all the high end bibs and then added some stuff to these. The compression of some of the lycra panels is absolutely fabulous! I mean muscle stabilizing, fatigue reducing tight! The straps are the unequaled in my opinion flat, wide, orange ones that are on the body fit pro, and total comfort. By far the best straps out there..........I own Capo, Cuore, Pissei, PI, and some Performance ultras. These straps are the best. The chamois is perfect, and why I like Sportful so much. Similar to Assos Cento pads, with a thin soft material enveloping the channels and sculpting. It is a few MM's thinner than the Total Comfort Chamois, so doesn't feel as bulky, and doesn't provide quite the long distance comfort that the Total Comfort does, but is more comfortable on shorter rides. Just did 76 miles on these bibs today and they were freaking perfect!
So.........in my opinion
Gruppetto......high style, short road rides/mountain biking
Body Fit Pro.......longer distance, very comfortable chamois, limited compression.
Total Comfort.......centuries or all day type stuff. Super comfortable.
R&D.......immense compression, fatique reducing. Great chamois. 45-80 miles.
CC!!!!! Please do not get rid of Sportful!

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Michael C.wrote a review of on February 18, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Wow. Very, very nicely made. Not sure I have ever seen a helmet that was 100% made in Italy, except maybe SH +. Pretty much every brand is made in China. Pricey is an understatement for this thing, but the craftsmanship is there. The fit is super comfortable. The "up and down" feature of the occipital skull adjusting strap/mechanism is very innovative as you can move that portion of the helmet way down the back of your head (almost to your neck), and work upward anywhere in between for the level of comfort you desire. The pads are super thick, anti-microbial, and of coolmax. They are attached perfectly. Not loose and sloppy looking like most other helmets. The inside of the up and down brace has gel padding squares as well. They are firmly affixed and not cheaply done. The side straps or "U" strap is perfect. without a stupid adjusting mechanism to get twisted, or to stick out, or to rub your ear. The leather chin strap is supremely soft, comfortable, and appears absolutely bulletproof. Totally overbuilt for what it is. Great job by Kask on this. The paint, fit and finish, and decals are absolutely flawless. The leather chin strap also has "made in Italy" proudly emblazoned on it as well, if you feel like showing off to your riding partners.
As mentioned in the original Vertigo reviews, there is, and continues to be a sunglass interface problem. The ends of the arms and temple pads hit the front portion of the Occipital brace/adjustment band. I was totally panicked, and thought this was a deal breaker, for I cannot ride without sunglasses. However, I remedied this by simply snipping off about 3mm of the ear piece ends of my glasses with side-cutters. I know that you should never be expected to have to do this when purchasing a helmet, but I really like the Vertigo, and took a chance. Worked perfectly, but Kask needs to get a handle on this. These were 69.00 Tifosi glasses by the way. Not sure I would go that route with 200.00 glasses.

As an update to this review, I have now logged many miles on this helmet. I upgraded to Oakley Split Jackets, and against what I advised everyone else, they fit fine with no interference to rear up down securing system. I still love this Helmet, and would not consider replacing it, but after reading that the original Vertigo had more features than the 2.0 I'm slightly annoyed that I paid more money for less features.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on February 9, 2015

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

Well made bibs. The EIT Chamois is very comfortable. Wish more brands used EIT stuff cause it is certainly top notch. Fabric cut, and workmanship is very good. As are the silicone leg grippers. They are very big and do a great job. but to get bibs on I would advise rolling cuffs inside out cause the grippers are very sticky. The straps are not very comfortable and a little thin. Also a little short. I'm only 6'1" and they are pretty tight around shoulders. Nothing beats the straps that Sportful uses on the Body Fit Pro, and Total Comfort Bibs in my opinion. The styling and materials of these Capo bibs is very good though. Enough that I can overlook the straps. Would expect flat seams on an Italian made product, but not a deal breaker. They are not uncomfortable. Just look like Frankenstein's monster after riding.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on July 15, 2014

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Like the reviewer above, I was concerned with the 18mm sit bone sections of the chamois compared to the 14mm of the Body Fit Pro which I love. Not to worry. The chamois in this bib is absolutely top notch. Super compressive, thicker fabrics than the BFP or Gruppetto......(I own all three) This is a high quality made in Italy (as opposed to Hungary for the other two) bib. Sportful stuff is by far my favorite. A little annoyed how it is now on sale for a greatly reduced price compared to what I paid just a week ago, but better for you guys!

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Michael C.wrote a review of on July 3, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I am becoming more and more impressed with Sportful stuff. I have the Gruppetto Bibs and jersey, and recently picked up the Bodyfit Pro. For just ten dollars more than the Gruppetto you get a Chamois that absolutely disappears under you. Very well done. While the Chamois is of better quality than the Grupetto, (the Gruppetto Chamois is very nice as well, just thicker and does not have the golf-ball type dimples) the Bodyfit pro does not offer as much compression as the Gruppetto, and the leg length is shorter by about half an inch. The straps are totally different.......wider and a little stiffer but very comfortable and offer lots of support. I really cannot say enough about the chamois........one of the better ones I've ridden. No chafing, no hot spots, no pressure. I'm just going to have to keep going up the Sportful line and will be trying out the R&D or Total comfort next. This would be a five star review if the leg length was just a bit longer. As always, Sportfuls Euro sizing is very small and I have to size up two sizes in their stuff. 6'1" 210lbs, 36-37 inch waist....3XL

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Michael C.wrote a review of on June 11, 2014

4 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

These were delivered on 6-9-14. Rode 72.5 miles with them on 6-10-14. Very nice construction, nicely done graphics. Seam locations and different materials for different panels was well thought out. These are very tight around the thigh and provide lots of soothing compression. Laser cut leg grippers are excellent and much better than bands of silicone. They stayed put. Bib straps are wide but a little short when standing. Riding position is very comfortable. Chamois looks really basic but actually worked supremely well for me. No chafing, no bunching, no movement.
Things to be aware of......... Chamois is cut very short in the front. Does not come up and over privates in the front. Chamois actually begins just under scrotum. This is actually more comfortable for me while riding as opposed to other longer chamois bibs but the modesty factor is definitely at play here. Also..Sportful runs very small. I am 6'1" 210 pounds with 37-38 inch waist. 3XL fits great. Anything else would be way too small.

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Michael C.wrote a review of on June 2, 2014

3 5

Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

While the quality and materials are very good, this is far from a club-fit jersey. Comfortable in the drops/on the hoods, but pretty form fitting like most of my other road jerseys. Sizing seems slightly off too. I'm 6'1" 210 lbs and it is tight in the chest/ribs and of course tight around my love handles. Again, looks ok and feels good riding, looks bad and is cut very slim while standing around. I ordered the XXL There is no way the XL would have fit at all.

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